Fieldfisher Fieldfisher

  • City Law Firms
  • Manchester, London, Birmingham

Training Contract

  • Places: 18 (12 in London, 3 in Birmingham and 3 in Manchester)

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 10

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 1065




At Fieldfisher, people are vital to our success. Our clients choose us for our expertise, our understanding, and our insight. Without the support and fresh perspectives of our Trainees and Apprentices, this would not be possible. 

But it’s not just about providing award winning, cutting edge advice, it’s about our relationships with our clients and with each other – we pride ourselves on our Fieldfisher community. We are a caring, sharing bunch with huge numbers involved in Corporate Responsibility. We promote inclusiveness and diversity, encourage innovation and endorse collegiality every step of the way.

Our offering is unique. Yes, our people get to work with some amazing clients like the BBC or may be seconded to one of our international offices, but they will also work with some incredible people who are industry experts in their field.

With Trainees and Apprentices based in our Birmingham, London and Manchester offices, our network is made up of hard-working, diligent and professional employees.

We believe in giving our Trainees and Apprentices maximum exposure and a variety of experience, which is essential if they are to become the lawyer of tomorrow and be a trusted advisor to our clients. We encourage all Fieldfisher employees to bring their real selves to work, so there’s a place for every background, interest and degree discipline at our firm. We have a number of programmes and opportunities available for students who are interested in a career in law. 

Whether you're in school, or in your first or final year of University, we have something for you.

Training Contract

Before you start your training contract at Fieldfisher, we will support you through your GDL and your LPC.  We will keep in touch with you all the way through these two years, through a range of events and seminars.  These include insight talks, regular socials and involvement in firm wide charity and sports events.

During your training contract, you will work on real work with real clients - you will not find yourself next to the photocopier all day. Over the two years, you will complete four seats each six-months in length, from a diverse range of departments from Real Estate to Personal Injury to Finance to Technology. We do not have any compulsory seats but we do encourage trainees to experience the departments that make the firm who we are today. You will also have the chance to be seconded to a number of our clients on exciting project work, or to our Silicon Valley office.

In every seat, you can look forward to working with a supervisor who will be a Senior Associate, Director or Partner with a huge amount of legal experience.  It’s their job to make sure you get the best experience in every seat, by providing you with a variety of client work and being on hand to offer all the support and guidance you need.

You’ll also be assigned a “buddy” - a Newly Qualified Solicitor (NQ) who will have been in your position not long ago. They’re there to answer all your questions – so don’t feel shy – they’ll know exactly how you’re feeling.

If that isn’t enough, your dedicated Early Careers Team will be on hand to support you through your training contract journey.

First Steps with Fieldfisher

New for 2021, this programme has been designed for penultimate year students or those in their second year of a four year course. The programme will give you an insight into a career at Fieldfisher and put you in a strong position to apply for any other Early Careers programme in the future. 

On day one, you'll learn about our culture, work and strategy and attend workshops to develop your teamwork and networking skills. The Early Careers Team will share their advice on making an impression and there will be a social event to end the day.

During day two, you'll shadow a Trainee or an Associate. 

 Applications open in November 2020. Visit Fieldfisher's website for updates!

Solicitor Apprenticeships

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking for an alternative to university and offers an alternative route to becoming a qualified lawyer in England & Wales outside of our training contract.

Our Solicitor Apprenticeship programme allows you to earn whilst you learn, with a structured programme which is approximately six years in length. It combines paid work experience and training at a law firm with part-time study for a professional qualification with The University of Law one day a week. 

The Apprenticeship is an alternative path to going to university that offers the same career destination, but avoids the expensive fees.

Our Apprenticeship has been designed for people who are committed and motivated, and who genuinely share our interest in helping clients.

Applications for Fieldfisher's Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme will open in 2021. Keep an eye on our careers website for updates.

Salary & Benefits


Trainee starting salary £39,500

Newly Qualified Salary £67,500


Trainee starting salary £28,000

Newly Qualified Salary £42,500


Trainee starting salary £28,000

Newly Qualified Salary £42,500

GDL and LPC maintenance grants:

- GDL £5,500

- LPC £6,000

The University of Law, based near in Moorgate, is our preferred GDL and LPC provider. All tuition fees are paid on your behalf for candidates who secure a training contract at Fieldfisher.

Additional benefits:

·       Flexible benefits

·       Life assurance, Travel insurance, Income

·       protection, Critical illness cover, Dental cover

·       Cycle to work scheme

·       Interest-free season ticket loan

·       Pension scheme - matched contributions up to 4%

·       Medical insurance

·       Wellman Wellwoman checks

·       Annual benefits include 25-day annual holiday, interest-free season ticket loan, medical insurance, life assurance and corporate discounts at various gyms and various retail outlets and local theatres.


Good academics with a minimum of:

- ABB at A-Level (or equivalent)

- 2:1 degree in any discipline.


Applications for training contracts and vacation schemes are available online here.

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